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Five things to watch for at the Tampa Bay Rowdies-Cincinnati FC match tonight

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The Rowdies play a rare mid-week game tonight when they take on Cincinnati FC in the USL Match of the Week. Five things worth pondering: 1.  On the road again: The Rowdies are 3-0 at home, but they lost their only road match of the year last week when they fell 2-1 to Louisville. Cincinnati is 2-2, but it won its home opener last week in front of 23,144 fans. The Rowdies have never played before more than 13,000. 2.…

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Rowdies keep winning formula going with third straight win

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To sum up, ditto. For the third straight game, the Tampa Bay Rowdies got a goal from Georgi Hristov. For the third straight game, the Rowdies got a clean sheet from Akira Fitzgerald. And for the third straight game, the Rowdies won a game at Al Lang Stadium. This time, the Rowdies stopped  the Ottawa Fury FC in a 1-0 game. The Rowdies have now collected nine points in their three home games to key one of their fastest starts. “You…

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Rowdies clobber Toronto, 4-0, to stay unbeaten after two games

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Coach Stuart Campbell wants to make his stadium “a fortress.” Star player Joe Cole wants more than that. He wants an entire city behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies. It’s hard to blame the Rowdies for being ambitious after team walloped Toronto FC II Saturday night. The Rowdies won 4-0, scoring three times in the first half to remove any doubt as to the night’s outcome. The Rowdies drew 4,326 fans. “We were happy with the result and the performance from…

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Rowdies open first USL season with 1-0 victory over Orlando City B

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Now, that’s the way a team should begin a journey. The stadium was packed. The evening was perfect. And the team – the Tampa Bay Rowdies, in this case – dispatched a brand new rival in a new league with a 1-0 victory. Playing in front of 7,710 fans, the Rowdies beat the Orlando City team of the USL. Georgi Hristov scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute for the only goal to lead his team to the…

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5 things to keep your eye on as Rowdies open their USL era

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Five things to look for in tonight’s home opener for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. 1. The crowd: Sure, most teams look for a big gate in their opening game. For the Rowdies, who have been pushing their attendance to make the MLS notice, it’s even more important. Tampa Bay has to establish itself as a solid market. 2. New surroundings: The USL isn’t where the Rowdies were, and it isn’t where they want to be long-term. But it’s a stable…

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Rowdies eliminated from playoffs after 1-1 draw with Ottawa

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There will be no post-season for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies were eliminated from the NASL playoffs Saturday in a 1-1 tie against the Ottawa Fury FC at Al Lang Stadium. After Rayo OKC beat Fort Lauderdale, 2-0, the Rowdies had to win to stay in the race. Ottawa’s Maxim Tissot put his team ahead in the 27th minute. Georgi Hristov equalized for the Rowdies in the 48th minute. “It was an eventful night and it’ll take a while to…

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Rowdies come from behind to tie Miami, tie for fourth place

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies came from a two-goal deficit to earn a draw with Miami FC Friday night, pulling into a tie for fourth place with three games to go. The Rowdies tied Miami, 2-2, to earn its first Coastal Cup since 2013. The point earned by the Rowdies pulled Tampa Bay into a tie with Minnesota and Rayo OKC. The night started tough for Tampa Bay as the Rowdies fell behind 2-0. They found a way with a strong…

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